Allergies and the Benefits of Yogurt
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Allergies and the Benefits of Yogurt

Top it with cereal, fresh fruit, or a little swirl of honey. Any way you serve it up, this creamy breakfast food may be one of the best natural remedies for allergies. We're talking about yogurt.

Research suggests that the powerful probiotic bugs—called Lactobacillus casei (L. casei)—in yogurt may decrease body levels of immune substances involved in seasonal allergies. So every cup of goodness means fewer sniffles and "achoos."

The Nose Knows
Your gastrointestinal tract naturally plays host to a variety of bacteria. But in people who suffer from allergies, those bacteria levels are a little off. And researchers think that probiotics—one of the many benefits of yogurt—may help shift the balance of bugs back to a healthier status that helps support the immune system. That's exactly what a small study suggests. Seasonal allergy sufferers in the study consumed either a probiotic-fortified dairy drink or a placebo drink for 5 months. And at the end of the study, those who had knocked back the L. casei drinks showed lower levels of immune substances that contribute to allergies. (There's more! Discover all the benefits of probiotics.)

Beneficial Bugs
Whatever you do, don't ignore sneezes, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. If you have allergies, it's best to nip your symptoms in the bud so they don't turn into something more serious—like asthma or a sinus infection. Natural remedies for allergies, such as the benefits of yogurt, might help, but a comprehensive allergy-treatment plan laid out by your doctor is best. (Here are a few ways to give yourself allergy relief.)

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Allergies

Allergies

About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.
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